AboutBeers Contemporary is extremely proud to present Storytelling, Andrew Salgado's third solo exhibition at the gallery.
Over the course of the past few years, Salgado has become recognised as one of the most important young painters of his generation, in London and internationally. In fact, Storytelling follows six consecutive sell-out solo exhibitions, including London (2012), Cape Town and New York, as well as his first museum-based exhibition in Canada.
Storytelling is Salgado's much anticipated follow-up to this year's Variations on A Theme, (May 2014, New York City) and forges ahead with many of his trademark flourishes, including wild colours, bold themes, and off-kilter compositions; but it also sees Salgado gaining a great sense of maturity, proving the young artist is wildly imaginative, eager to challenge himself, and keen to evolve with each successive exhibition.
Here, Salgado prioritises narrative and technique through a type of in-studio mantra in which he describes the paintings as 'deceptively simple'. Throughout, Salgado exhibits marked growth since his last showing at Beers, with 2012's The Misanthrope. Most striking is the confidence the artist exhibits through each canvas; Salgado's signature cropped faces have given way to allow for full figures that move freely within the painted space. Color, marks, suggestions and environments become as important to the paintings as the subjects that inhabit them, and while his mark-making is looser and wilder than ever, it is paradoxically more decisive and immediate.
Exactly which stories Salgado is attempting to tell remain vague, but we see allegorical implications that have resonance on contemporary society with a Classical - even fantastical - leaning. A haunted young prince; a sad-queen; a effigy of (false) worship; an excavated relic; Salgado's recurring harlequin-motif (perhaps suggests a court-jester?); and a blind pauper who starts the show and appears to lead the visitor through the narrative. However the real story here is of a young-man gaining confidence in his craft, a painter working behind the veil, weaving a story much greater than the sum of its parts.